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Orchids: Cattleya Orchids: Cattleya
Orchids have always been a source of fascination to me, not only for their beauty but because they come from exotic places around the world, and have had amazing adaptations to their environment. There are over 30,000 species, and around 100,000 types of hybrids have been developed by growers. Cattleyas, or corsage orchids, come from the Caribbean, Central and South America. This gallery shows some of my favorites. In other parts of this website I'll tell you more about where they come from, how they live, and how to grow them. Most of the photos (with the exception of the paphiopedilums in another gallery) are from my greenhouses over the years.

Orchids: Phalaenopsis Orchids: Phalaenopsis
Phalaeonopsis are sometimes called 'moth orchids', since a series of them on a plant look a little bit like a group of moths in flight.  They come from Southeast Asia, the Philippines and Australia.  They are generally epiphytes (live in trees), often in the shade under the canopy in moist jungle areas. They are probably the easiest orchids to grow at home. They like low light (such as an east window), warm temperatures (75-85 degrees), and keeping the potting mixture slightly moist.

Orchids: Paphiopedilum Orchids: Paphiopedilum
If you like beauty with just a touch of the exotic or sinister, you may like Paphiopedilum. It is sometimes called the Lady Slipper orchid, because of the large pouch-like lip (labellum) which attracts insects for pollination. They come from Southeast Asia, India and the Pacific Islands, where they mostly live on the forest floor. They can be grown at home, and like high humidity, moderate temperatures, and relatively low light.

Orchids: Various types Orchids: Various types
One of my favorites is the dendrobium (sometimes called the Thai restaurant orchid, reflecting the way many of us are familiar with it).  In nature it is found in the Himalayas, Southeast Asia, Japan, Malaysia and the Pacific Islands. As you can see in the pictures, they can be recognized by the prominent 'chin'. Because they come from diverse climates, and require conditions similar to 'home', they are somewhat harder to grow.

Vandas are very popular due to their fragrance and bright colors, and have the distinction of being almost the only orchids with bright blue flowers.  They come from East and Southeast Asia, New Guinea and the Pacific Islands. They typically live in trees and in in greenhouses are often suspended in wooden baskets which give their roots access to moisture and nutrients from the air. They like to be in warm, humid settings, with bright light, and hence are often more suited for greenhouse conditions. The drama of their colors, and their long-lasting flowers make it worth the effort.

Automobiles: 1954 MG-TF Automobiles: 1954 MG-TF
This is my 1954 MG TF.  The MG-T series were made from 1936-1955, when they were replaced by the MG-A. The MG-TF is a speedy little machine, made from 1953-1955, with a 1250 cc XPAG engine, and a later more powerful version with a 1500 cc engine also came out.

Further down on the page are pictures from an MG show, showing the interior panels from a variety of models.

Automobiles: 1948 Nash Automobiles: 1948 Nash
The Nash car company was founded by Charles W. Nash, a director of General Motors who decided to go out on his own in 1916, and the company continued to produce vehicles as part of Kelvinator (hence its early development of air conditioning) and American Motors until 1957. Mine was a 1948 coupe, with a straight 6 cylinder engine.  It transported me faithfully in Chicago (near its hometown of Kenosha, Wisconsin) and in Galveston, Texas until it met an untimely end in Hurricane Ike. It was a beauty, and I enjoyed long rides in the countryside in it.

Sunrises Sunrises
I used to live in an apartment in Chicago facing east onto Lake Michigan. This gave a great opportunity to photograph sunrises over the lake, which itself has many moods. My understanding of sunrises has also changed over the years. When I began taking these pictures, the feeling was that it was the announcement of a new day. Later I came to appreciate the sense of power and energy that the sun represents. Also included are pictures of the interaction of sunlight and clouds over the lake. At the bottom are sunrises in San Diego.

Tugboats Tugboats
I've always been fascinated by tugboats.  Maybe this reflects memories of Little Toot, the little tug who preferred making figure eights in the harbor and otherwise having fun, until the day he was alone on a stormy ocean, with no one else around to help save an ocean liner in distress.  In any event, it is interesting to see them guiding ships, or pushing huge barges for long distances.  You can get a glimpse of life aboard as well.  In the South, there is invariable a barbeque on the back deck.  The huge bumper on the bow is sometimes made of rope, woven in an intricate pattern.  The ones you see here are from a variety of places, the East River in New York, the Chicago River, and the Gulf of  Mexico near Galveston. The photographic quality suffers a little, as these are 'action photos' taken from the flybridge of my boat passing nearby.

Casino art Casino art
The gambling rooms in casinos are a very special kind of environment, with no clocks, and no way of telling whether it is night or day. The design seems to be to create a place outside of time, where nothing is important except the moment.  The signage is bold, designed to draw one in. Garish and commercial as it is, it can be seen as a kind of folk art.

Point Lobos Point Lobos
Point Lobos State Natural Reserve, just south of Carmel, California, is one of my favorite places.  It is about 9 square miles of woodland and open country on dramatic bluffs overlooking the Pacific.  It is one of only two places in which the Monterey Cypress tree grows wild (the other is nearby Pebble Beach). A perfect place to walk and enjoy the world around you.